London Marathon, Prince Harry Pay Tribute To Boston Bombing Tragedy

There was sunshine, a royal and a moment of silence as the 2013 London Marathon kicked off early Sunday morning.

“We will join together in silence to remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness,” an announcer said before the touching tribute. “Let us now show our respect and support for the victims of the tragedy in Boston.” [via CNN]

Prince Harry, spectators, extra officers and some 36,000 runners then united in a 30-second moment of silence before a whistle signaled the start of the race.

Many runners also wore black ribbons as a tribute to the victims of the bombings at last week’s Boston Marathon. 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody following a dramatic manhunt that took place in Watertown, Mass. on Friday. His brother Tamerlan, another suspect, died hours earlier in a shootout with police.

On Sunday, Prince Harry, 28, joined Sir Richard Branson at the marathon’s finish line as they greeted runners and handed out trophies.

“The way that Boston has dealt with it has been remarkable and I think the reaction here has been typically British,” Harry told the BBC. “People have been saying that they have not seen crowds like this for years. The thing about the marathon is no matter what color you are, what religion you are, you people come together to raise money for so many worthy causes. It was never an option not to be here.”

Launch the gallery, above, for photos of Prince Harry at the 2013 London Marathon.

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